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Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions and more Zedlines

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Vic Premier apologises for homosexuality convictions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will offer the state’s gay community a formal apology for old laws criminalising homosexuality, in what is believed to be a world-first occasion.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Victoria in 1981, however, hundreds remain listed in official government records as having a criminal history.

Prominent members of the state’s LGBTI community have welcomed the prospect of the apology, saying it is a significant step forwards in the acceptance of homosexual people.

QLDers have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote, and more Zedlines

Queenslanders are being reminded they only have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote for the Federal Election. (Source:

Cancer Council Queensland issues warning of high daily sodium intake

A survey from Cancer Council Queensland shows only six per cent of Queenslanders are aware of the recommended daily sodium intake to prevent chronic disease.

Research shows many Australians are consuming much more sodium than the recommended 1600mg.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift urges to limit using or finding alternatives to salt for cooking.

The Council has also issued a consumer alert about the amount of salt contained in pre-packaged foods.

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield, and more Zedlines

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source (Source: Wikipedia)

Principle threatened with machete and axe

Teachers are once again considering leaving schools in Aurukun in far north Queensland after the principle was threatened by four teens with machete’s and an axe.

Despite this being the second time it has happened in two weeks, teachers have decided to stay with further safety measures likely to be introduced.

Twenty five teachers left the community after the first incident and only returned last week with five teachers deciding not to return at all.

Lab creates 3D prawn sperm models

QLDers might not get a fare deal if Uber is made illegal, and more 9am Zedlines

Queenslanders could face higher taxi fares and long waiting times if Uber is made illegal (Source: Flickr)

Brisbane's heritage trading scheme allows developers to build bigger

A controversial high-rise development in the Brisbane CBD will go ahead, despite it not conforming to the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan.

The heritage-listed National Bank building will allow its owners, The Aria Group, to transfer its development potential to its high rise on Edward street, allowing it to have a footprint larger than the normal 45 per cent for this type of development.

Dutton faces criticism over refugee comments

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton faces backlash after calling refugees illiterate (source: wikimedia)

DV awareness campaign

A police station in Toowoomba has launched a new domestic violence awareness campaign, addressing the stigma that comes with reporting the crimes.

Acting Sergeant Susan Forte said when someone reports domestic and family violence crimes they will always be listened to, and the station also offers advice for people trapped in a domestic violence situation.

Figures suggest only 36 per cent of crimes relating to family and domestic violence are reported to police.

 

Suspicious fire at Geelong mosque - and more Zedlines

Geelong's only mosque burned down in a suspicious fire (source: pexels)

 

No Struggle Street for Brisbane

Brisbane City Council has refused permits for controversial SBS documentary Struggle Street to film its second series in Inala, after the first series was accused of exploiting residents.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the production of the film could damage the reputation of the suburb and its people.

Councillor Jonathan Sri said while the first series was not perfect, to completely deny the film-makers permission to film on public land is a poor way of handling the issue.

 

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers - and more Zedlines

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers, chemicals found sea snails useful in fighting cancer,US Gets First Openly Gay Army Secretary and more Zedlines

 

Palaszczuk calls for boycott of Wicked Campers 

Annastacia Palaszczuk calls for Queenslanders to boycott Wicked Campers until the company removes offensive and derogatory slogans from their vehicles. 

The boycott comes after the RACQ pushed the state government to address the company’s flouting of advertising standards. 

Palaszczuk says that advertising breaches are a national matter, but that the Attorney General will look into stopping the offensive slogans. 

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal - and more Zedlines

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal, Struggle Street denied permit to film in Brisbane, Bombings in Baghdad leave dozens dead and more Zedlines

UN Ruling on Australia’s Asylum seeker policy

The UN has ruled that Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees on secret security grounds is arbitrary and illegal. 

The Australian government has been told by the UN human rights commision that they should offer compensation to five people who were illegally incarcerated between 2009 and 2015.

The five people were recognised as refugees, but were not granted visas as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation deemed them a security risk.

350.org calls out QLD’s climate action blockers and more Zedlines

Environmental organisation 350.org will host a mock auction in Brisbane city today to expose politicians who are opposed to climate action. Image: 350.org

350.org calls out QLD’s climate action blockers

Environmental organisation 350.org will host a mock auction in Brisbane city today to expose politicians who are opposed to climate action.

The rally will call out candidates who the organisation considers to have sold out to the fossil fuel industry and who put coal, oil and gas above communities.

The faux auction is a part of 350.org's Pollution Free Politics campaign and will be held at Reddaclife Place on George Street at 1pm Tuesday afternoon.

Australian gender pay association warns against new study and more Zedlines

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce. Image: wikicommons

Australian gender pay association warns against new study

A University of Michigan study claims women are less competitive than men, a factor that could contribute to the gender pay gap in the workforce.

The study claims women seek out less competitive jobs and suggests their attempts at negotiating tend to be less successful than males’ attempts.

Libby Lyons, Director of Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency has cautioned the study, saying she is not aware of any similar evidence in Australia.

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